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02/29/2012

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Darkin Ousted Amid Reform Debate

Unpopular Primorye Governor Sergei Darkin was removed from his post Tuesday, the same day the State Duma voted return to gubernatorial elections and ease registration for political parties.

Putin Wants Answers in Deadly Blast

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin demanded Tuesday that a thorough investigation be conducted into the gas explosion that leveled an Astrakhan apartment block the day before, as the death toll rose to nine with 18 more injured and another 13 still missing.

French Firm Taking Over at Tomsk Grid

French firm ERDF takes over management of the Tomsk Grid Company, or TRK, Tuesday in the first exercise in handing Russia’s electricity companies to Western firms to improve performance.

Despite Share Price, Sberbank Sale Waits

Sberbank's share price crossed a 100 ruble threshold Tuesday beyond which the Central Bank said earlier this year that it would look to sell a 7.6 percent stake in the country's state-owned lender.

Ex-Elections Boss Slams Vote Fraud Prosecution

The former head of the Central Elections Commission criticized prosecutors for failing to pursue voting-fraud cases and said the street protests that followed December's State Duma elections show that many Russians have lost faith in the system.

Skolkovo Might Host G8 2014 Summit

Skolkovo innovation city might be chosen as the venue for the G8 summit to be held in Russia in 2014.

Doubts on Wikileaks Source Naming Chaika a Mole

Defense experts on Tuesday cast doubt on the credibility of a Texas-based company whose leaked e-mails allegedly contain inside information about Kremlin infighting from high-ranked sources including Prosecutor General Yury Chaika.

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